Qatar lifts 22nd Arabian Gulf Cup

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Updated 27 November 2014
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Qatar lifts 22nd Arabian Gulf Cup

Qatar rallied to get the better of Saudi Arabia 2-1 to win the 22nd Arabia Gulf Cup football tournament at the King Fahd International stadium in Riyadh Wednesday night.
Playing in front of a capacity crowd of 75,000, Kingdom national team was off to a flying start when Saud Al Khariri gave the hosts the lead in the 16th minute when his header found the back of the net following a cross from the left.
However, their joy was shortlived as Qatar equalized a couple of minutes later in a similar fashion when Almahdi Ali Mukhtar headed in a cross from the left.
Qatar’s Boualem Khoukhi netted the match winner from inside the box when his volley beat Saudi goalkeeper hands down.
The Saudis tried to make a fight of it and strove hard for the equalizer but found the rival defense a tough nut to crack.
To the demanding Saudi fans nothing but overall victory would be an acceptable outcome, as the country was looking to end an 11-year title drought in this biennial event.
Instead, they will have to wait for at least two more years to try and win a Gulf Cup title the Green Falcons last won in 2003.
Also, the defeat meant an uncertain future for Saudi Arabia coach Spanish Juan Ramon Lopez Caro.
It was the third championship for Qatar in the history of the prestigious event.


Naomi Osaka not worried about form after shock Dubai defeat

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Naomi Osaka not worried about form after shock Dubai defeat

  • World No. 1 easily beaten but claims all is well with her game.
  • Osaka surprisingly split with coach in run up to Dubai tournament.

LONDON: Naomi Osaka said she is not worried after the world No. 1 was shocked in the second round at the Dubai Tennis Championships.
The two-time Grand Slam champion was convincingly beaten 6-3, 6-3 by Kristina Mladenovic in her first match since she memorably won the Australian Open last month — her second consecutive Slam success.
Heading into the clash there was much talk about her lack of action on court and her split with coach Sascha Bajin. She said there was nothing to the split with Bajin other than “happiness was more important than success.”
And having been easily beaten by the Dubai-based Frenchwomen Osaka said she was not troubled by her form.
“The Australian Open was not even a month ago,” Osaka said.
“I mean, this was just one match. I feel like even if I don’t win any matches for the rest of the year, I wouldn’t say I’m concerned.
“I think I’m pretty young. I still feel like I have a lot to learn.”
The Japanese star, who became the first Asian woman to reach the summit of the rankings, added that the shock defeat might actually work in her favor.
“For me, that’s sort of my biggest thing after this match. I think I play well after I lose a sort of bad match,” the 21-year-old said.
“I’m just looking forward to the next tournament.
“Before US Open (which she won), I lost those three matches in a row. I was just thinking, like, ‘wow, am I ever going to do anything in my life?’”